San People of Botswana

PhotographerCallie Giovanna
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyCallie Giovanna
City/CountryLos Angeles, United States
Photo DateJanuary 10, 2015
Entry Description

San People, or commonly known as Bushmen, are a indigenous hunter-gatherer people from Southern Africa. The ancestors of the current day San People are considered to have been the first inhabitants of Botswana. Women have a high status in society, and greatly respected and leaders of their family groups. Men hunt in long tracking excursions, using arrows and spears to kill their game.

About Photographer

Callie Giovanna, a native of Hawaii, is an acute observer of life. The nomadic lifestyle in her childhood and adolescence – living in over twenty different homes before the age of twenty-one - instilled in her a love of travel. The constant stimulation from her change in environment lent itself to her incredibly sensitive and discerning eye. Callie’s images are gentle, tender, and her point of view incredibly disarming. Her sensitivity to natural light and subtle nuances in body language make her photographs haunting and memorable. She is the omniscient viewer in the room – always letting you in on a little secret and showing you the non-obvious perspective. There is a story to be told in each one of her photographs. Callie attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as the Brooks Institute, developing her skills in both photography and digital imaging. From 2005-2010, she worked for portrait photographer, Norman Jean Roy, as his Senior Retoucher and Studio Manager. Currently, she owns her own post production company in addition to her many photographic projects. Her greatest photographic influences have been Steve McCurry, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, James Nachtwey, Sebastião Salgado, Irving, Penn, and Richard Avedon. Callie lives and works in Los Angeles, California as a photojournalist and travel photographer. She always has a camera in her hands and shoots daily.